An Extraordinary Family Stay at Grand Hyatt Muscat

Grand Hyatt Muscat with kids review

On our recent one-week trip to Oman with our kids Sage (5) and Lavender (4), we decided to split our time in Muscat, the country’s capital, between two areas and hotels. For the first four nights, we stayed in a budget hotel on the beautiful Muttrah Corniche, where we could walk to famous attractions such …

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Jiufen Old Street: A Fulfilling Day Trip from Taipei

A guide to Jiufen Old Street, Taiwan

Jiufen (Jioufen), a mountaintop former gold mining town on the northeast coast of Taiwan, is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei. Visitors flock to Jiufen Old Street because it encapsulates the best of Taiwan in one small package: rich history, atmospheric lanes and teahouses, breathtaking views, and distinctly Taiwanese snacks at every …

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Getting from Taipei to Jiufen and Shifen (with pictures and times)

How to get to Jiufen, Jinguashi, Shifen watefall from Taipei

Jiufen (Jioufen) is one of the most popular day trips from Taipei and one of the top things to do in Taiwan. To learn more about why everyone loves this charming little mountaintop village so much, see my detailed guide to Jiufen Old Street. Getting to Jiufen is very easy, but there are quite a …

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15 Best Night Markets in Taipei: Everything You Need to Know

Best Taipei night markets

If you are reading this, then I probably don’t have to convince you to include a Taipei night market when making your itinerary for Taipei. You already know that night markets are one of the things you HAVE to do in Taiwan (I hope!) And obviously, Taipei’s night markets make it onto my list of …

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30 Jaw-Dropping Temples in Taipei and New Taipei City

The top temples in Taipei, Taiwan header

I’ve been living in Taiwan since 2008, and I’ve always loved exploring and photographing the incredible array breathtaking temples in Taipei. In recent years, I’ve traveled to several neighboring countries to visit and write about their temples (for example, see my articles on the best temples in Busan, temples in Chiang Mai, temples in Myanmar, …

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